Checking Car Drive Belts

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Check the car's accessory drive belts, which can cause peripheral engine damage if the belts snap; learn how from our expert mechanic in this free car-maintenance video.

Part of the Video Series: Basic Car Care & Maintenance
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Hi, this is Jeff Wong with Expert Village, and today we're going to learn the basics of maintaining your vehicle. Another thing you want to check on your vehicle are your drive belts. Now, you want to make a visual inspection. With the engine cool, you can reach in and turn the belt slightly and look at the underside of the belts to check for any cracks or excessive wear. You can also push on the belts to check for excessive looseness on the belts. They should be slightly loose. This belt is about at the proper tension. So depending on your vehicle, you may have two belts, as this vehicle does, or some vehicles have three or even more. So be sure to check all your belts. So the most important thing from home is checking for any cracks or excessive wear; and if you have those, take your car in as soon as possible to have your belts changed.

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